Canon EOS M Review

By on January 8, 2013
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Canon’s very late entry into the mirrorless segment is an impressive DSLR-matching camera, but disappointing autofocus holds it down.

Good: Rich image quality that rivals Canon's own entry level DSLRs; Excellent video quality and controls; Sturdy body balances portability with quality; Ability to use EF lenses with an adaptor; Simplified features for a casual audience as well; Could replace an entry level DSLR for most.
Bad: Disappointingly slow autofocus in both photos and video; Noisy autofocus motor; Low light grain on extremely high ISO looks ugly.
Price: AED 3,599Dhs
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.


Canon definitely took their time to enter a camera market segment that is becoming increasingly attractive to consumers, but they can take solace in the fact that they mostly delivered a product worthy of the wait. The image quality of the EOS M is excellent, the feature set is robust, and Canon loyalists who waited up are definitely going to love this especially considering their Canon lenses can be used with an adaptor here.

But autofocus being an important factor for almost every photographer, it’s disheartening that it’s the one area where the EOS M falls through with disappointing performance without any reasoning to back it up. And for that, I can’t blindly recommend the product despite it excelling in almost every other way.

In the end, it’s upon the consumer whether he’s willing to accept a shortcoming in return for an impressive camera that can easily replace the need of a budget DSLR with great portability in form factor to boot.

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